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Transforming Mac Icons into Windows Icons

There is an opinion that there is a lot more quality 32-bit icons for MAC OS than for XP or Vista in the Internet. However Mac graphics may be easily transformed into the *.ico files and applied for Windows. The complete directions on how to do this are below.


Loading and unpacking from the archive

Mac icons in the Internet are usually archived. Files can be of two types: with the *.sit extension and with the double extension *.sit.hqx. Uncommon type is *.sit.sitx, they have to be handled in the similar way as *.sit.hqx. To unpack files from the archive you will need a special software. Consider that you need an archiver, which understands the macintosh archives and runs under Windows. The most common of such archiver is Stuffit. It can be downloaded here: www.stuffit.com. Standard Edition 8.0 or newer is recommended. The installation file is quite large (8 Mb). Stuffit consists of the packer and unpacker. The extractor is available for free for unlimited time.

"Stuffit standard" is rather a capricious so make sure to do everything just how it is written below.

  1. Start Stuffit Expander.
  2. Drag and drop your *.sit file into Stuffit. Otherwise, go to the File-Open menu item to choose the file.
  3. Now, find and select only the icon siles in the archive, if not the program can abort during process. specify all required items by pressing … or ….. Then, in the main menu select Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" box that will appear, click Browse and select where the files will be unpacked. Press OK. If you have made all the steps right, you will see the extracted files in the selected folder.
  5. If the extraction process finished correctly, close Stuffit. The unpacking is done but there are things to do.


Transforming to Windows icons

Now you require one of the following programs: IconLover, ArtIcons Pro or IconXP. They can easily read Macintosh® icons and convert them into Windows® graphics in no time.

You can process .icns and .rsrc files the similar way you process pictures of other types: open them with the menu, drag and drop them to the application window, add to icon libraries.

Some Macintosh® icons contains only 128x128 size. In this case, you will have to do 16x16, 32x32 and 48x48 sizes. You are able do it using ArtIcons, IconLover or IconXP and the Tools - New Image Format menu option.

Then, just delete unneeded options (for instance, monochrome) from the pictures and save them as .ico files!


unpacking icons from *.sit.hqx. files

To solve this process, you will use one other program - TurboZIP (5.0 or newer).

Open it. Then in the program toolbar click "Open" and choose *.hqx in the "file types" box. In the left box you will see the *.sit.hqx file and in the right box - simply *.sit. Then just drag them using the mouse into any folder (for example, the desktop). Then, process the *.sit archive as described earlier. The only disadvantage of the application is that it is not very reliable.


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